H. P. SARGENT
In a country in which agriculture is entirely dependent upon irrigation for production there is no more responsible
position than that of secretary and right of way man, which H. P. Sargent has held with entire satisfaction for
the Merced Irrigation District. Though he owns a twenty acre ranch in the Fruitland voting precinct, he gives his
entire time and attention to his official duties and his office is in Merced.
The son of Franklin H. and Elizabeth (Ham) Sargent, he was born in Norway, Maine, October 5, 1879. His father,
who was a builder and contractor, moved to Salem, Mass. in 1881, and worked principally as a brick and stone mason;
he built some of the leading business blocks in Salem, and remodeled the old Ropes (historic) museum in Salem.
He is the man who moved the Ghirardelli Chocolate exhibit building at the Chicago Exhibition to Brookline, Mass.,
and rebuilt and remodeled it into a mansion for its millionare owner. He died at Fair Oaks, Cal., in 1918, when
sixty six years old. His wife died in Salem in 1893.
H. P. Sargent attended the grammar schools and after he had graduated from the Salem High School, in 1897, he took
care of his father's office, keeping his books and accounts in his building operations. He was so engaged until
he came to California in January, 1898, accompanying his father to Fair Oaks, where the latter bought an olive
and orange ranch. He helped his father on the ranch and became the assistant manager of the olive and orange department
of the Fair Oaks Fruit Company, continuing thus engaged until 1906.
H. P. Sargent and Idaline Adele Buckley, a native of Truckee, Placer County, were united in marriage on June 14,
1906. She was the daughter of John Mason and Emma (Orr) Buckley. Her father was born in Boston and was a mechanical
engineer who came to California and was employed by the Central Pacific Railroad Co., in its machine shops at Truckee,
as a master mechanic. Her grandfather, James Orr, was born in Scotland and was a California Forty niner. He mined
at Coloma and Virginia City and he worked on the Comstock Lode in Virginia City, Nevada. Idaline Adele was graduated
from the high school at Colfax, and from the State Normal School in Stockton with the class of 1895. She took a
post graduate course in pedagogy under Miss Bernard at the University of California. She specialized as a primary
teacher for three years before her marriage and is now in charge of the primary department of the Atwater Grammar
School. They have one son, Franklin Buckley, now a student in the Merced Union High School.
In 1907, Mr. Sargent went to Sacramento and entered the county clerk's office and served as clerk and deputy under
William B. Hamilton until his death, and under his successor, Ed. F. Pfund, until his decease, and he then became
assistant county clerk under Harry W. Hall, the present county clerk of Sacramento County. During that time for
eight years he was clerk of the Superior Court under Judge Peter J. Shields, the present incumbent. He also served
four years as chief deputy county clerk and registrar of voters. In politics he is a stanch Republican. He took
an active part in carrying the bond election for the Merced Irrigation District and was appointed right of way
man and later secretary for the district.
History of Merced County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by John Outcalt
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1925
Merced County, CA
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